As of this year, I have been teaching at the Center for English as a Second Language (CESL) for 31 years! Over time, my role at the Center has evolved, but my primary work has always been to teach English as a Second Language. However, in addition to my work with teaching I focus on several other activities that orient and involve our international students and provide opportunities to the University as a whole to learn from our students.
One of my favorite activities is our participation in UK 101 classes. In the beginning, I promoted this partnership to give our students speaking practice with American students. But I have come to see how invaluable it is for American students to become comfortable with diversity. Along the same lines, I continue to strengthen ties between the College of Education and our center. And, in cooperation with two professors in that department, I have promoted a system of conversation partners and training exercises between future teachers and our students, to the benefit of both groups. We have also developed partnerships with the Business and Engineering Departments. These partnerships have multiplied and have become a full-time job for me, one to which I gladly give my all.